BDR (Bi-Directional Replication) v3.7

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BDR (short for Bi-Directional Replication) is a PostgreSQL extension which provides a solution for building multi-master clusters with mesh topology. This means that you can write to any server and the changes will be sent row-by-row to all the other servers that are part of the same BDR group.

BDR version 3 ("BDR3") is built on the pglogical3 extension. However, everything you need to know about BDR3 is included here and it is unnecessary, as well as potentially confusing, to refer to pglogical docs.

This documentation refers only to BDR3, not to earlier architectures, referred to as BDR1 and BDR2. There are significant and important differences in BDR3 and you should not refer to earlier docs or rely on anything stated within them.

BDR3 comes in two variants, the Standard Edition (BDR-SE) and the Enterprise Edition (BDR-EE), these variants are compatible with specific versions of database server, as shown below.

BDR version support compatibility matrix:

BDRVariantServerSupported Versions
3.6StandardPostgreSQL10, 11
3.7StandardPostgreSQL11, 12, 13
3.7StandardEDB Postgres Advanced11, 12, 13
3.6EnterpriseEDB Postgres Extended11
3.7EnterpriseEDB Postgres Extended11, 12, 13
3.7EnterpriseEDB Postgres Advanced11, 12, 13

EDB Postgres Extended was formerly known as 2ndQ Postgres.

The Enterprise Edition provides these extensive additional features to provide very high availability, avoid data conflicts and to cope with more advanced usage scenarios.

  • Conflict-free Replicated Data Types - additional data types which provide mathematically proven consistency in asynchronous multi-master update scenarios
  • Column Level Conflict Resolution - ability to use per column last-update wins resolution so that UPDATEs on different fields can be "merged" without losing either of them
  • Transform Triggers - triggers that are executed on the incoming stream of data providing ability to modify it or to do advanced programmatic filtering
  • Conflict triggers - triggers which are called when conflict is detected, providing a way to use custom conflict resolution techniques
  • Additional DDL support (CREATE TABLE AS)
  • Advanced DDL Handling for NOT VALID constraints and ALTER TABLE
  • Additional synchronization for Logical/Physical Standby servers for faster build of failoverable standbys
  • Parallel Apply - allow multiple writers to apply the incoming changes
  • Eager Replication - synchronizes between the nodes of the cluster before committing a transaction to provide conflict free replication (currently only with EDB Postgres Extended)
  • Commit At Most Once - a consistency feature helping an application to commit each transaction only once, even in the presence of node failures (currently only with EDB Postgres Extended)
  • Timestamp-based Snapshots - providing consistent reads across multiple nodes for retrieving data as they appeared or will appear at a given time (currently only with EDB Postgres Extended)
  • Estimates for Replication Catch-up times (currently only with EDB Postgres Extended)
  • Selective Backup of a Single Database (currently only with EDB Postgres Extended)
  • Hold back freezing to assist resolution of UPDATE/DELETE conflicts (currently only with EDB Postgres Extended)
  • Decoding Worker (currently only with EDB Postgres Extended version 13 and above)

Features that are currently available only with EDB Postgres Extended are expected to be available with EDB Postgres Advanced 14.

This documentation is for the Enterprise Edition of BDR3.